The use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs among patients with chronic hepatitis C was associated with a decreased risk of liver cancer, according to a study of around 261,000 patients in Taiwan. The reductions were modest, but the findings could address possible concerns about prescribing statins to patients with liver disease, a U.S. researcher commented. The study appeared in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
A long-term study of more than 3,300 women found women in abusive relationships spent about 42% more annually on physical and mental health services than women not in abusive relationships, and the higher costs continued even after the abuse stopped.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending routine screening of all American teenagers for depression. The panel says nearly 2 million teens suffer from depression and most are undiagnosed and untreated.
Data on 88,520 women who participated in the Nurses' Health Study showed those who drank two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day increased their heart disease risk by about 35%. Artificially sweetened drinks did not appear to increase heart disease risk, the study found.